Scentre Group

Scentre Group's Westfield Centres has joined our BACS business membership in New Zealand

We’re delighted to have Scentre Group join BACS as a leading global company with a positive corporate social responsibility outlook.

Scentre Group’s Westfield centres are  committed to engaging and enriching the communities in which it operates. Our approach to corporate responsibility involves actively supporting hundreds of community initiatives through its shopping centres. While the programmes for each local area and country may vary, at the heart of Westfield’s community efforts is helping children to develop and grow.


Corporate Citizenship joins BACS in a partnership that promotes responsible business behaviours and sustainable practises

A warm welcome to our latest BACS Partner: Corporate Citizenship.

Corporate Citizenship is a global management consultancy specialising in sustainability and corporate responsibility. We work with corporate clients around the world to achieve their commitments to responsible business behaviours and sustainable practices.

Sustainability, simplified – this is our promise.
We are a global management consultancy specialising in sustainability and corporate responsibility. We work with corporate clients around the world to achieve their commitments to responsible business behaviours and sustainable practices. Read more

We're delighted to have Collingridge And Smith Architects (UK) Ltd join us as a BACS Business Member

Collingridge And Smith Architects (UK) Ltd. is an award winning international architectural practice delivering unique, innovative and sustainable architecture.

The company carefully integrates architectural, landscape, interior and furniture design skills to ensure projects achieve an holistic integrity that meets client’s needs.

The company dedicates considerable time to research, in particular to the overall health and wellbeing of children.

Research results enable CASA to focus the company’s early learning centre designs on optimizing the benefits of green, sustainable buildings and the indoor/outdoor environments.

CASA has volunteered their services to the NZGBC for ten years. The company supports the Haemophilia Foundation NZ, NZ Guide Dogs, Make A Wish NZ, World Vision and the SPCA.


We are delighted to invite you to a BACS Breakfast with David Halley, one of the most enthusiastic and knowledgeable speakers on CSR in the world

We are delighted to invite you to a BACS Breakfast with David Halley, one of the most enthusiastic and knowledgeable speakers on Corporate Social Responsibility in the world.

David will cover a full range of areas that business in New Zealand can gain on corporate social responsibility. This event will be particularly useful for businesses interested in learning more about international developments and the benefits of community investment within New Zealand.

This will include:

  • Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Contexts for business
  • Some issues in emerging markets
  • Diversity and human rights
  • Motivation in excellence in CSR
  • Community investment

Contact us here for further details for this event in March 2017. As our events are very limited numbers we recommend your early enquiry.

About David Halley

David has travelled the world in his capacity of Head of International Partnerships at Business in the Community in London until his retirement in December 2011, and is Director of Halley Associates.

A native of New Zealand, David followed a business career with IBM Corporation and with Digital Equipment Corp. Among the positions he held were International Marketing Manager, IBM Entry Systems Division, in the USA, part of the team which launched the groundbreaking IBM Personal Computer, London Regional Manager for the IBM Personal Computer Business, and General Manager, Marketing and Distribution, DEC NZ.

After leaving IBM David focused with Business in The Community on the development of CSR and Corporate Community Investment (CCI) programmes with UK and multi-national corporate clients. He developed and co-ordinated a global network of partners in 65 countries, a grouping of 125 independent specialised NGOs providing CSR consultancy, brokerage and project management at local, national and international level. It is called the CSR 360 Global Partner Network,

In the course of his international development work, David worked closely with British Embassies and High Commissions and participated with them in over 30 CSR conferences and seminars in cities including Paris, Madrid, Stockholm, Buenos Aires, Santiago, Hong Kong, Singapore, Belgrade and Bratislava. In addition, he continues as a lecturer at the bi-annual CSR post-graduate course run jointly at the University of Buenos Aires by partner Fundacion Amartya and Norwegian agency KulturStudier.

David was educated at Victoria University in Wellington and Auckland University and then the Sorbonne in Paris. He is bi-lingual in French, speaks fluent Italian and some Spanish. He has recently begun to learn German. He is married with 3 children, and is the author of “The Complete Guide to Employee Community Involvement”, European Commission 1999, and “The ECI Company Workbook,” CSR Europe 2000. He is co-author of the ENGAGE Community Investment DVD toolkit.

He was awarded a BITC Outstanding Contribution Award in 2011 in recognition of his international development work.

He is a Trustee of Richmond Council for Voluntary Service and adviser to South London CVS Partnership, advisor to SmartKolektiv Belgrade, a former Trustee of GAP Youth Projects International, all NGOs, and a past Governor of Richmond Adult Community College, based in London. He has recently become Chairman of Trustees of the London office of Un Techo para mi Pais, a charity working in Latin America to alleviate living conditions in shanty towns and slums.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, and Commerce, a Friend of the Royal Academy and a Tate Member.



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BACS Team working hard over the summer to find BACS Good Business Eggs for Easter 2017

Working hard over the summer to find Good Business Eggs for Easter 2017.

BACS Good Business Eggs are beginning their quest to find the fifth annual winners for 2017. And over the summer period the long process of checking and verifying what business has invested in the community over the past year is being completed for the 5th annual awards in April.

Last year Contact Energy, KPMG and Countdown were winners at a superb evening kindly hosted by The Warehouse in Auckland.

As is stands the long roll is now down to a ‘medium list’ of 46 businesses and those that have been considered in this independent process are now under some scrutiny.

Julie Donvin-Irons Director of BACS says “Our next step now is to provide the panelists of community leaders with the information to appraise each business on their community investment, this will provide valuable insights which is good for all concerned.”

Once the panellists consider who is best in each of the three categories, Health, Education and Community Empowerment the BACS Good Business Egg Awards will be presented in Wellington whereby BACS members and the general public can attend to find out who becomes a “Good Egg” and who wins the BACS Living Award.

In alphabetical order:       

Air New Zealand, Annah Stretton, ANZ, ASB, Auckland Airport, Ballance Agri-Nutrients, Bell Gully, BNZ,  Broadspectrum, Bunnings, Chorus, Coca Cola, Contact Energy, Countdown, CQ Hotels Wellington, Datacom, DB Breweries, Deloitte, Fonterra, Fuji Xerox, Genesis Energy, Hubbards, IAG, IBM, Kiwibank, KPMG, Microsoft, New World, Noel Leeming, NZAS, NZ Rugby, NZ Post, Ricoh, Sanford, Sealord,  Skycity, Spark, TSB, Two Degrees, Unitec, Vodafone, Westpac, Westfield, The Warehouse, Z Energy, Zespri.

Horizon Research

Horizon Research presents a new survey that reveals why it pays to be community friendly

Being perceived as community friendly can have a huge impact on who New Zealanders decide to buy from.

New research finds 74% of adults nationwide say their perceptions of a company as being community friendly influence their decisions to buy from them.

For 27% community friendliness has a “great deal” of influence, for 31% “a bit” and for 16% it is “slight”: a total of 74%.

10% say is has “not much” influence, while 5% say it has none and 11% haven’t really thought about it.

The study, conducted by Horizon Research for BACS ( Business and Community Shares which aims to connect companies and community groups for powerful results), also measured what factors are most likely to improve a company’s perception of being community friendly. Read more


On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me a Kokako in the Waitakere Ranges

On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me….

…a Kokako in the Waitakere Ranges


Earlier this year our Fonterra Milk for Schools team were delighted to release Aumangea (aka Wai Kikorangi), the Kokako chick the team won in last year’s BACS  Living Awards with help from the Forest and Bird Trust.

This was one of many highlights of the year.

The team at Fonterra Milk for Schools as well as the wider social responsibility team would like to wish all BACS members a happy and healthy festive season and we’re looking forward to continuing to work together for a more sustainable caring future in the New Year.


This Kokako drawing is by local artist Ella Quaint.


CQ Hotels Wellington

On the third day of Christmas my true love sent to me 3 awesome awards led by a French man!

“On the third day of Christmas my true love sent to me…

… three awesome awards led by a French man!


As 2016 draws to an end, we wish you the season of warmth, joy and good cheer with season’s greetings and best wishes for 2017.

It’s been a wonderful year for the team at CQ Hotels Wellington winning two awards at the NZSL Awards 2016 for Accessible Service and Accessible Employer plus the 2016 Wellington Gold Award for Team Gold – so not  quite ‘Three French Hens’ but ‘Three awesome awards led by a French man’.

Merry Christmas everyone from Olivier Lacoua (the French man) and all his team!


On the fifth day of Christmas my true love sent to me 5 rings coloured blue, yellow, black, red and green

“On the fifth day of Christmas my true love sent to me…

…five rings coloured blue, yellow, black, red and green


ANZ Christmas tree with Kiwiana!

This is very clever of my true love as ANZ was the major sponsor of this year’s New Zealand Olympic team.

The Olympics is about a lot more than medals, just like Christmas is about a lot more than presents and time off work – although all are a nice bonus.

You may not be an international athlete, but sometimes as the year’s finish line comes into sight, it can feel like you’ve run just as far and worked just as hard.

From us at ANZ to all of you, may your 12 days of Christmas and beyond be relaxing, safe, happy and shared with those close to you.


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On the seventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me 7 pukeko a-paddling

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me…

…Seven Pukeko a-paddling


This year, as part of our Brewing a Better World sustainability programme, DB Breweries was proud to once again support World Water Day.

DB knows the importance of fresh water, not only is it one of New Zealand’s most valuable natural assets – environmentally, ecologically and recreationally – it is also the most significant ingredient, in terms of volume, in our beers and ciders.

This year DB wanted to focus on our own ‘backyard’ by collaborating with Auckland Council and the Manukau Beautification Charitable Trust to clean up the Otara Creek Reserve – deemed to be one of New Zealand’s most polluted waterways.

Nearly 20% of our Auckland based employees collected over 70 rubbish bags of litter, car tyres and even a shopping trolley, with the aim of removing all rubbish from the banks of the Otara Creek Reserve for the proposed tree planting in the sustainable development of the waterways.

Following such a successful clean up in 2016 we hope to see many more than Seven Pukeko-a paddling in our local creek!